Make a wise choice!

Your choice of character race provides you with a basic set of advantages and special abilities. If you’re a fighter, are you a stubborn dwarf monster-slayer, a graceful elf blademaster, or a fierce dragonborn gladiator? If you’re a wizard, are you a brave human spell-for-hire or a devious tiefling conjurer? Your character race not only affects your ability scores and powers but also provides the first cues for building your character’s story.

  • Human


    Whatever drives them, humans are the innovators, the achievers, and the pioneers of the worlds.

    Learn More About Humans

  • Elf


    Elves are a magical people of otherworldly grace, living in the world but not entirely part of it.

    Learn More About Elves

  • Dwarf


    Dwarves are solid and enduring like the mountains they love, weathering the passage of centuries with stoic endurance and little change.

    Learn More About Dwarves

  • Halfling


    The comforts of home are the goals of most halflings’ lives: a place to settle in peace and quiet, far from marauding monsters and clashing armies.

    Learn More About Halflings

  • Gnome


    Gnomes take delight in life, enjoying every moment of invention, exploration, investigation, creation, and play.

    Learn More About Gnomes

  • Half-orc


    Half-orcs are not evil by nature, but evil does lurk within them, whether they embrace it or rebel against it.

    Learn More About Half-Orcs

Other Races

Other Races

Some races are less common than humans, dwarves, elves, and halflings -- but no less compelling, such as tieflings and dragonborn. You can learn more about these races in the Player’s Handbook.

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